An unexpected addition to the Italian Market is Biederman’s, Philly’s Jewish appetizing store. This is THE place in Philly to get hand-cut lox and other types of smoked fish, including the best whitefish salad. They also have caviar, pickled herring, halva, baked goods, and other house-made foods such as soups, salads, and grain bowls.

The store is open Wednesday-Sunday, or you can order ahead (follow on Instagram) to snag one of their weekend brunch boards, which come with a variety of fish, toppings, bagels, and danish.

Yes, we ordered a large just for the 2 of us…

Philly has really upped its bagel game recently. Here are some good places to get bagels in the city: Korshak’s (1700 S. 10th, Passyunk) Bagels, schmears, sandwiches, and a side of poetry. See photo top of page. Pre-order on Instagram or walk-up.

Kismet: A covid-era pop-up that now has a storefront in Fishtown.

Follow on Instagram for details about retail partners and their fun, delicious (and always sellout) collabs, such as this one with Nardone Pasta Company – cacio e pepe bagel with long hot schmear, egg, arugula, and home-made fennel sausage & baily with home-made mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, and salsa verde. Bagels, bailys, sandwiches, etc. in the shop. (113 E. Girard).

Kettle Black- their charcoal bagel is on our list of must-tries. They also have delicious looking pastries and bread. (631 N. 2nd, Northern Liberties)

Essen Bakery: THE Jewish bakery in Philly. Bagels, plus great breads , pastries, and cookies (1437 E. Passyunk)